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2013 Dodge Dart Unveiled in Detroit

Chrysler Group introduced the new 2013 Dodge Dart Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The compact car resurrects the classic Dart name in the form of a new Alfa Romeo-based car.

The 2013 Dodge Dart will get a base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 160 horsepower, Dodge says in a statement. The second engine is a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged four-cylinder that also produces 160 horsepower. Dodge says MultiAir technology provides “up to a 15 percent increase in low engine rpm torque and a 7.5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency.” The third engine is a 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder MultiAir. Dart buyers will have three transmissions to choose from: a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and a six-speed automated manual.

Standard safety features include 10 airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution and traction control. The Dart will offer an optional blind spot monitoring system, rear cross path detection, rear park assist and backup camera.

The exterior’s sleek styling competes with the standout looks of affordable small car rivals like the Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus. “The Dart succeeds because it starts with a widened and lengthened Giulietta platform, and adds a body so voluptuous even an Italian might blush,” The New York Times’ Wheels blog reports.

The 2013 Dart’s interior will have optional features such as Bluetooth, navigation, a heated steering wheel, push-button start, a USB port with iPod integration and satellite radio. 

The 2013 Dodge Dart will be available in five trim levels (SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited and R/T) and Dodge says production will start in the second quarter of 2012. The Detroit Free Press reports that the Dart will start at $15,995.

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